News yesterday that former Newcastle left back Olivier Bernard is very active in helping our new midfielder, Cheick Tiote, settle in on Tyneside, and from what we can tell, Olivier is doing a very good job.
Tiote in action in Newcastle’s hot engine room on Sunday
It’s nice to see one of our former players Barnard, who is still only 31 years of age, helping out the club in this way.
Newcastle now have two wins in a row in the league, but they’ll do very well indeed to keep the unbeaten streak to 4 games, if we can just avoid defeat at the Emirates on Sunday.
Looking ahead to the big game at Arsenal, Tiote said:
“We are going to play Arsenal and we are very focused – we can’t get too excited after Sunderland.” “What we’ve been doing in training is working really hard.”
“But if we put in the same effort as Sunderland, then why can’t we get a good result at Arsenal?” “We have to be careful but I think we have a chance because of the way we are playing.”
Chris Hughton is obviously doing something right in the way he treats the Newcastle players, since he took over 16 months ago, because not only has he brought the very best out of the squad he has, but players seem to wax lyrical about him all the time.
We have to think that because of his vast experience, both playing at the highest levels of the game, and coaching continuously since the summer of 1993, when he joined the Tottenham coaching staff, he knows just exactly how to handle his players, and he certainly seems to give them all the utmost respect and support.
It’s a big insight into Chris’ coaching style, that Tiote has come out and said he’s pleased with being treated like a man (and not a kid), since he arrived at Newcastle, as he continued:
“I always knew that the English game was for me.” “Steve McClaren told me last season that I had the right type of mentality to play and survive in England.”
“So that made the decision very easy to come to Newcastle.” “The mentality is completely different to the Dutch style in the dressing room.” “In Holland you get treated like a kid.”
“Since I have been at Newcastle I get treated like a man.” “I am allowed to think for myself and do what I want to do.” “It is a lot better at Newcastle for me.”
Newcastle are currently doing very well in the Premier League so far this season, but we’ve got to make every attempt to keep our feet on the ground, and not get too carried away.
But Hughton is also starting to get lots of plaudits from his peers for the job he’s doing on Tyneside, and just looking at the man’s record, you have to believe he’s not yet finished with his tremendous, and so far very successful, overhaul of the Newcastle club.
Whether Chris can become a top manager in the Premier League is still up for debate – but if he keeps getting results like the last two wins at West Ham, and then at home to old enemy Sunderland last Sunday, Mike Ashley may have found himself a jewel, when he surprisingly appointed him manager of our famous club 16 months ago.
At least it will be both interesting and exciting to find out this season, just how good our manager really is.
And he could even surprise the lot of us.